Keep it natural, baby.
Origini (meaning "origins") is a true field blend comprising of Croatina (50%), Nebbiolo (30%), Vespolina, Uva Rara, and Dolcetto di Boca. As with all of Conti’s wines, it offers a certain scrumptiousness alongside its vivid evocation of terroir, and the spicy succulence here, along with a relatively underplayed minerality, makes it the most playful and accessible wine in their lineup.
Trellis Notes: Maggiorina is a trellis system unique to Alto Piemonte. Four vines are planted in a tight square and tained in the four cardinal directions, forming a goblet shape. All vine maintenance must be performed manually.
Vine Age: 50 to 80 years old
Winemaking Notes: Grapes for the Origini Rosso are 100% destemmed and transferred to a tank for native yeast fermentation. During the alcoholic fermentation, the must is punched down daily (twice at the beginning of the vinification, once when the sugar is almost done). The juice stays in contact with the skin and lees for about 10 days. The wine is then transferred to 40-hectoliter fiberglass vats to facilitate the separation of gross lees. The wine ages in wood barrels, steel vats and fiberglass. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally. The wine is filtered before bottling with coarse filter pads. Small quantities of SO2 are added during racking and before bottling.
The Conti sisters started to take over Castello Conti during their father’s 2001 illness and then ultimately after his death. This is a traditional house, in the best sense. This particular bottle is a fab way to be introduced to the family, the Cantine, and tiny Boca. The vines that birth the Origini come from a field blend site planted in an old-style trellising, maggiorina. All ten or so varieties in that vineyard end up in the bottle. Among the grapes? Spanna, Croatina and Vespolina but also Malvasia and Dolcetto di Boca, Durasa, Slarina(!) and Erbaluce. Everything is co-fermented. Three-quarters ages in stainless and a quarter ages in neutral tonneau. This wine sings loudest on the third day opened. The acid dives into a pool of velvet. It is warming, its volatility is completely absorbed, and in the end, the wine is about the texture and tannin blend and wild, brambly woodsy fruit.
Katie and Denny
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